To do this, I went here and on the right column clicked on various colleges and worked my way back, seeing which releases appeared to be about research. I basically went back about three pages for each college, to about the beginning of the Fall 2013 semester. Below, here are how many releases were about research, as in studies releases or published (not speakers, etc.):
- Grady -- 1
- Terry College of Business -- 5
- Education -- 1
- Family and Consumer Sciences -- 4
- Ecology -- 9
I admit this is hardly a systematic analysis, but it suggest here at Grady, where we do a lot of research, it's not getting much attention. Or at least UGA doesn't see it as sexy enough to earn press attention. The folks at the PR mothership are no doubt right, and research shouldn't be based on what will get you time on CNN or in the The New York Times, though let's face it, that never hurts.
All in all, I'm not sure what it means, other than some schools perhaps push out the research more, promote it more, or research the kinds of things that UGA feels it's better able to push onto the public and the press. Not laying blame here, other than perhaps we at Grady need to do a better job at doing quality research that does, to some degree, resonate with the public. Or at least with the flacks up the hill.
(yes, I said flack, and I'm happily a hack)